Install Windows Server 2016 on VMware Workstation step by step

Installing Windows Server 2016 upgrades us once again from Windows Server 2012/R2 that provides the latest and the essential updates we need. As well as this time, it has includes lots of new and features. In this lesson, you will learn about installing Windows Server 2016 step by step. Also, before installing, make sure you have pre-planned for selecting which edition to install and what to do in it.

Before installing Windows Server 2016 you need to plan for the installation. Making plan means you should choose an appropriate edition of Windows server. You should think of Hyper-v server you need for your network. You must choose an edition which have enough the Hyper-v license. Also think of more licenses you may need in the future.

Every edition of Windows server may support limited number of users. Choose the edition that meets your needs. When we talk about limitations, we don’t talk about software limitations. If you want more license you should pay for. You can upgrade from one edition to another edition. And you can buy more license for physical and virtual servers also users.

Windows server 2016 editions

  • Datacenter: Highly virtualized, enterprise network and cloud environment.
  • Standard: Only different with Datacenter edition is the number of Virtual servers. Datacenter edition supports more virtual servers.
  • Essential: For small business up to 25 users and 50 devices.

Hardware Requirements

  • Processor: 1GHZ
  • RAM memory: Minimum of 2GB
  • Hard Drive Space: 20GB free space

Installing Windows Server 2016 on VMware

Like the previous versions (Windows Server 2012…), the Windows Server 2016 installation is simple, what’s new is the editions that you can choose them wisely during installation.

In order to install Windows Server 2016, first, you must have an ISO image file of it and also make sure you have pre-planned choosing which edition of Windows Server 2016 and have fulfilled the system requirements.

Download Now: Windows Server 2016

Create and Customize the Virtual Machine

1. Open VMware and click on the Create a New Virtual Machine(Ctrl+N) icon. If you don’t have VMware installed on your computer, click here to download one.

Create new virtual machine
Create new virtual machine

2. Now select Custom (Advanced) option to specify the virtual machine with advance options. If you want you can create virtual with less options, click on Typical option. When you are finished here, click on Next button.

New Virtual Machine Wizard
New Virtual Machine Wizard

3. Leave the Virtual Machine Hardware Compatibility settings as default. If you want you can select your VMware version. Then click Next button.

Hardware Compatibility
Hardware Compatibility

4. Here you should add an installer image into the virtual machine. Select the Installer disc image file (ISO) option and click on the Browse button. Specify .iso file path and import it. Then click on Next button.

Note: Make sure that you are using an ISO image file, otherwise unzipped file won’t boot.

OS image path
OS image path

5. Specify which operating system type you want to install on the virtual machine. Select Windows Server 2016 version from the dropdown menu and click on Next button.

Select operating system type
Select operating system type

6. Enter a name for the virtual machine and browse a place where you want to store the installation files. For the purpose click on Browse button and specify the place. When finished, click on Next button.

Virtual machine name and location
Virtual machine name and location

7. On the Processor Configuration specify then number of processors your server need to use and click on Next button. Also notice that it refers to your virtual machine speed that how much speed the server should be.

Number of processors
Number of processors

8. Specify the amount of the memory for the virtual machine (based on MB) and click on Next button.

Amount of memory for this machine
Amount of memory for this machine

9. Select Use Network Address Translation(NAT) or Use bridged networking to directly connect and use internet, as a network type. Then hit Next.

Network address translation
Network address translation

10. Let the I/O Controller types by default because you don’t have the option to change the SCSI type. just hit Next.

LSI Logic SAS
LSI Logic SAS

11. Now to create new virtual disk, select create a new virtual disk for the virtual machine.

Create new virtual disk
Create new virtual disk

12. Specify the disk amount by typing the disk size(Recommended 60 GB) and click on Next button.

Maximum disk size
Maximum disk size

13. At this point, just check out the settings you’ve done or you can customize if you want and click Next.

Finish the wizard
Finish the wizard

Step 2. Install Windows Server 2016

Now it’s time to boot up and start the virtual machine, just click on Power on this virtual machine then wait until it boots.

1. Open VMware Workstation on your host computer. Click on Power on this virtual machine in top left.

Start the virtual machine
Start the virtual machine

2. When the virtual machine powered on, specify the language, time zone and keyboard then click Next.

Specify language, time, keyboard
Specify language, time, keyboard

3. Install now to install the windows server 2016 on virtual machine.

Install now
Install now

4. Select one the Windows Server editions you’ve decided and click on Next button.

Select server edition
Select server edition

5. Put a mark in the box next to I accept the license terms, then click on the Next button.

I accept this term
I accept this term

6. Go on and click on the Custom: Install Windows only (Advanced) option for installing the server custom.

Custom: install windows only
Custom: install windows only

7. Select the disk, you want to install the widows on and select the disk, click on New, then specify the amount (based on MB) and click on Apply button then click on Next button.

Select installation drive
Select installation drive

8. Now the server copies all the files to the disk, amount the files from the windows image, install features, updates, so it will take time and when finished it will reboot.

Copy files
Copy files

9. After the reboot, type a complex password composed of (uppercase, lowercase, symbols and numbers) and click on Finish button.

Press Ctrl+Alt+Del buttons
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del buttons

10. When the customization finished, now you’ll need to sign in, but first click on the button that is composed of three buttons (ctrl+alt+del) shown in image below or simply press Ctrl+Alt+Del and sign in to Windows Server.

Login to Windows Server
Login to Windows Server

And that’s it, after you have signed in, your windows server installation is completed like the shot below.

Windows Server 2016 Installed on VMware
Windows Server 2016 Installed on VMware

Conclusion

 The Windows server 2016 is installed successfully and your server is now ready to work now. But before doing that don’t forget to install VMware tools + do initial configuration of Windows Server from the article below. For any questions, leave a comment.

Check out: Install Active Directory on Windows Server 2016 step by step

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4 Comments

  1.  
    I am going through the exact whole process as mentioned for installing the windows 2016 server. After copying the files and installing the update, it reboots and straightaway gives the blue screen your PC ran into a Problem.
    Using; VMware workstation 12 Pro
    Any help would be great.

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  3. Hello,
    Thank you for your blogs,
    I have installed Windows server 2016 on VMware workstation 12 but it gives blue dump error
    ERROR IS KMODE EXCEPTION NOT HANDLED.
    Thank in advanced.

  4. I faced issue with VMWare not able to boot on my ISO.
    I tried a lot of things i’ve seen on various forums, but the only way I got it working by configuring the following VM settings:
    – firmware type: BIOS
    – CD/DVD(SATA): use ISO image file : my_iso_path.iso
    Hope that helps

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